A Virginia mother and father who pleaded guilty to felony child neglect after their three young kids were found locked in a cage will not serve any prison time.
According to a court summary, "there was a noticeable, pungent odor where the three children were in a family room behind a homemade gate. ... The gate had a lock on it and the key was hanging up on a wall."
Deputies said the 17-month-old boy and 3- and 4-year-old girls shared a mattress inside the cage, and were kept behind the gate day and night. Neely said the carpet had feces and urine stains on it. But, he said, the case did not meet the requirements for Virginia Supreme Court's child neglect law, and therefore did not merit prison time.
Just a very quick notice: if you live in DC and are an unemployed reporter, I saw that TPM is looking to hire someone local.
At Blue Virginia, lowkell writes—Shutdown Ted Un-Ironically Announcing Campaign in Virginia:
More excerpts from progressive state blogs can be found below the orange gerrymander.Ted Cruz couldn’t have picked a worse place than Virginia to launch his soon-to-be-failed campaign for president. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that over 80% of Virginians overwhelmingly disapproved of his government shutdown—a political tantrum Cruz still threatens to repeat today. Virginia, home to thousands of federal workers and military personnel, was more affected than any other state by his dangerous antics.
Cruz would happily keep thousands of Virginians from their jobs and paychecks just to show his opposition to affordable healthcare. Meanwhile, in the Lynchburg area alone, there are over 11,000 Virginians languishing without access to quality care thanks to his national right-wing movement against closing the coverage gap.
“Ted Cruz is remarkably tone-deaf to launch his campaign in Virginia, of all places, after engineering the government shutdown that kept thousands of Virginians from their jobs and cost the national economy $24 billion,” said Robert Dempsey, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “His policies are wrong for the Commonwealth and wrong for the middle class, from repealing all corporate income taxes to opposing a living wage and affordable healthcare. Ted Cruz can take his shutdown politics elsewhere—Virginians know better than to take him seriously.”
Ted Cruz is the embodiment of everything wrong with today’s Republicans: all he’s done is oppose and obstruct help for the middle class through his bombastic outbursts and unwillingness to govern. Shutdown Ted is starting off on the completely wrong foot coming to a state disproportionally hurt by his partisan brinksmanship to launch a campaign for more of the same.
Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread for Saturday, March 28th. We try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we're all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group and others serve to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville and other local and state groups can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this local and wider community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
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Tuesday night, the Stafford County (Virginia) School Board, prior to voting on whether or not to abide by federal law, took public feedback on a debate over transgender students' bathroom access. For some background, see Think Progress, which explains:
Hartwood Elementary School, part of the Stafford County school system, started by accommodating the student’s identity. She was allowed to use the girls’ room per her gender identity and in consultation with her parents. When another parent complained, the district’s Executive Director of Human Resources, Rick L. Fitzgerald, released a message on behalf of the district referring to recent guidance from the Department of Justice that indicates that the “sex” protections under Title IX protect transgender students’ use of facilities that match the gender with which they identify. Allowing the fourth-grader to use the girls’ room was simply the district complying with the law.Also interesting were the comments by the public. For the entire debate, most of which involved parents opposed to allowing the transgender student (who identifies as female) to use the girls' bathroom, see here. The above video is of a courageous parent of two students in the Stafford County school system, delivering an impassioned plea for respect and tolerance for the transgender student. Sadly, her pleas feel on deaf ears...and a cowardly School Board.
...The transgender student’s father, Jonathan Adams, also testified. He admitted to having some of the same misconceptions when the child he thought was his son insisted she was a girl. “And then I watched my little girl grow up,” he said. Adams proclaimed that he was “very proud to have a special little girl,” and implored others “not to trade understanding for fear or trade misconceptions for hate."
Later in the evening, however, the school board voted 6-0 to direct the superintendent to restrict the girl’s bathroom use.
Also note that this courageous woman was outnumbered probably 10:1 by Tea Party/Fox/Rush-style speakers (sporting Orwellian "Save Our Schools" stickers - save them from WHAT? a fourth grade transgender girl who's not a threat to anyone?!?) at the event. For "highlights" of their ignorant, bigoted, hysteria-infused remarks, see the "flip."
Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread for Saturday, March 21st. We try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we're all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group serves to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
Edit: First line corrected in response to comments
Randy Forbes, my congressman here in 4th congressional district in Virginia, released the following statement:
At a time when our allies across the globe continue to have questions about this Administration's commitment and competency, the United States' support for Israel should be unwavering. Instead, we see the White House prioritizing risky negotiations with a nuclear obsessed Iran over the concerns of a trusted ally, and Democratic Members of Congress playing into a partisan spectacle rather than respecting the longstanding relationship between our two countries. To allow the American commitment to the nation of Israel to be thus called into question is not only shortsighted, it is detrimental to security and U.S. interests in the region.
Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread for Saturday, March 14th. We try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we're all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group serves to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
For our next meet up on April 25-26 we will be returning to the theme of our first meet up on 4/20/2013: Meeting, spending time focusing on community and networking and less time with an agenda driven schedule. And this time we will be taking the meet up on the road to Roanoke Virginia! Please sign up by dropping me a kosmail.
Cross posted from Blue Virginia
Yesterday, The Bull Elephant reported that Virginia 10th CD Republicans had selected their new Chair (replacing John "Anti-Semitic 'Joke' Dude" Whitbeck, who is not RPV Chair believe it or not!), Jo Thoburn. I'd never heard of Thoburn previously, so I checked her Twitter feeds and fired up the ol' search engines. Here's a small sampling of "teh crazy" that I found. Note that "false flag" refers to Ron Paul's insane accusations that the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government that killed hundreds of civilians was a "false flag" (entering conspiracy theory cuckoo land here), while the "Endorsing Evil" tweet refers to Rand Paul endorsing Mitt Romney for president. Also note that Thoburn is from the Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party. Keep in mind that Ron Paul is a long-time conspiracy theorist, racist, anti-Semite, homophobe, etc., etc.
1. Thoburn says that "Jean Marie" (it's actually spelled "Jeannemarie," but as you'll see, Thoburn's command of the English language leaves much to be desired) as "slut."
2. She repeats the bizarre, completely false charge that Planned Parenthood is somehow "racist" for the great work it does.
3. Here she seems to be agreeing that E.W. Jackson never would have been nominated for Lt. Governor if he weren't African American.
4. Here she calls on Republicans to purge anyone she considers a "RINO" from the party, starting with then-Gov. McDonnell (who, based on many other tweets, she clearly despises, finds to be utterly corrupt, etc.).
5. Here Thoburn advocates that Christians not join the U.S. military.
(LOTS more crazy on the "flip")
Helen A. Gibson has written a great article for the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service titled "Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: a Historical Overview" and I urge everyone to take a few minutes and read the article.
Gibson does a great job of documenting how the state of Virginia continues to struggle with its legacy of one of the highest disenfranchisement rates in the nation and examines felon disenfranchisement and traces its history in the years following the Civil War, when a sizeable African American electorate emerged and was disenfranchised by various tactics.
Until 2014 Virginia was tied with Kentucky for the strictest disenfranchisement laws and highest disenfranchisement rate in the nation. For many years, Virginia disenfranchised felons indefinitely as soon as they were convicted. But even with some recent reforms the state’s current disenfranchised population numbers approximately 450,000 of its 6.4 million voting-age residents, and its felon disenfranchisement laws disproportionately affect black citizens. As of 2010, over 20 percent of the state’s voting-age African American population could not vote as a result of a felony conviction, and nearly 7 percent of the state’s total population 18 and older was disenfranchised.
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I'm still riding high on the energy and in the comrade that was Dkos Asheville last week.
I'd like to express my thanks to everyone involved. Directly or indirectly each and every attendee (50 my last count) contributed something to the discussion. It was a wonderful turnout and participation far exceeding my expectations.
Randallt posed a question to me while suggesting the next DKos Asheville meet-up be a road trip four hours north to my home to assist my efforts here - What can 20 Kossacks do? I gave the question considerable thought and came up with What can 200 Kossacks do?
This is an open invitation for all Morning Open Tread (MOTlies) and CUA (former newbies) to unite in a beautiful and relaxed setting as Spring arrives to this broad valley and wakens the dogwood and apple blossoms.